Music, concerts and live bands

British singer George Michael performs on the first night of the British leg of his tour at the MEN Arena in Manchester, northern England, Nov. 17, 2006.

Singer George Michael of Wham! fame dies at 53

By Guy Faulconbridge, Reuters on Dec. 25, 2016, at 8:06 p.m.
British singer George Michael, who became one of the pop idols of the 1980s with Wham! and then forged a career as a successful solo artist with sometimes sexually provocative lyrics, died at his home in England on Sunday. He was 53.
Richard Nickerson

Windham high school choral director and Houlton high school grad is a finalist for Grammy educator award

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
Richard Nickerson is one of 10 finalists up for the award, created by the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation.

A North Country Christmas by The North Country Strings in Sangerville, Pittsfield and Orono

on Dec. 09, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.

Christmas cantata ‘His Name is Jesus’

on Nov. 29, 2016, at 8:48 a.m.
VoXX will present "Music for the New Year" five times in January 2017

VoXX presents “Music for the New Year”

By gpogden on Nov. 25, 2016, at 9:27 a.m.

Albert ‘Diz’ Russell, lead singer with two influential doo-wop groups, dies at 83

By Terence McArdle, The Washington Post on Nov. 24, 2016, at 9:14 a.m.
Albert “Diz” Russell, a baritone lead singer with two influential doo-wop groups, the Regals and the Orioles, died Nov. 16 at a hospital in Cheverly, Maryland.

UMF Community Chorus presents concert for the holiday season on Dec. 4

on Nov. 22, 2016, at 5:27 p.m.

Musica Sacra for Advent 2016 slated for Dec. 3

on Nov. 22, 2016, at 5:04 p.m.
Rachel Barton Pine

Soloist sets Collins Center ablaze with Bangor Symphony

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 22, 2016, at 12:36 p.m.
Members of the BSO sat mesmerized by Pine’s solo in the concerto’s middle section.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings perform before Hall & Oates at the Darlings Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on July 14, 2016.

Sharon Jones, powerful soul singer with throwback style, dies at 60

By Matt Schudel, Washington Post on Nov. 20, 2016, at 10:02 a.m.
Miss Jones, as she was always introduced in the dynamic stage shows with her backing band, the Dap-Kings, had a raw, unreconstructed singing style drawn straight from the heyday of soul music in the 1960s.

BSO to feature violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Nov. 20

on Nov. 16, 2016, at 3 p.m.
Emcee Sean Gambrell, right, introduces the Americana duo Ann and Elizabeth in the upper loft at 58 Main Street in Bangor Monday.

Music fans pass the hat for bands, artists at house concerts in Maine

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 16, 2016, at 2:08 p.m.
“It seems like everyone and their mother are hosting house shows now.”
Leon Russell performs during the Songwriters Hall of Fame awards in New York, June 16, 2011. Russell died Sunday at age 74, according to a statement from his wife posted on his website.

Leon Russell, musician known for dynamic performances, dies at 74

By Bill Trott, Reuters on Nov. 13, 2016, at 10:31 a.m.
He ruled the stage with piano-banging abandon and, backed by a multi-piece band and a backup chorus, put on a show that was a roiling stew of rock, soul, gospel and country.
Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen performs at the Glastonbury Festival 2008 in Somerset, England, June 29, 2008.

Leonard Cohen, singer-songwriter of love, death and longing, dies at 82

By Matt Schudel, Washington Post on Nov. 11, 2016, at 9:11 a.m.
Leonard Cohen, a Canadian-born poet, songwriter and singer, whose intensely personal lyrics exploring themes of love, faith, death and philosophical longing made him the ultimate cult artist, died Nov. 7. He was 82.


on Oct. 22, 2016, at 7:37 a.m.
First in Maths/David Bromberg


on Oct. 15, 2016, at 8:45 a.m.
“White Like Me: A Hunky Dory Puppet Show”

Bob Dylan surpasses Walt Whitman as America’s poet

By Cass R. Sunstein, Bloomberg on Oct. 13, 2016, at 6:32 p.m.
Bob Dylan has surpassed Walt Whitman as the defining American artist, celebrating the capacity for self-invention as the highest form of freedom.

Folk-Rock Duo Aztec Two-Step Celebrates 45th Anniversary

By robin kroll on Oct. 06, 2016, at 9:54 a.m.

Neville Marriner, who led renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, dies at 92

By Tim Page, Washington Post on Oct. 02, 2016, at 12:58 p.m.
Neville Marriner, the British violinist-turned-conductor who founded the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and built it into one of the most popular and widely recorded chamber orchestras in the world, died Oct. 2. He was 92.


on Oct. 02, 2016, at 8:17 a.m.
“One Way Trip to Mars”